A Big Bang? No…A Big GOD!

Tonight was a great night in AWANA! We were discussing faith in God and I was citing Hebrews 11:1 and 11:6. When I was talking about believing in what we can not see I was asked about how the world and everything came into existence. To which I responded back with Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” To which I was then asked, “But how do you know that is true Mr. Steve?” Easy answer I thought , “Because I have faith in God and His word. I am believing in what I can not see nor what I did not see happen; but since it is written in Gods word, and His word is correct, I have faith that it occurred just as it is written.” To which the next question is of course : “What about the Big Bang Theory?”

BANG !?!The Big Bang Theory is the Naturalist way of trying to explain the creation of the universe and everything within it. It proposes that billions of years ago the universe began in a tiny, super hot and dense point called a singularity. Somehow this singularity contained everything, mass and energy that would become everything that exist today. It is mans attempt to prove that there is no God, nor was man created by God. For more information on the Big Bang and the creation of the universe I would like to suggest to you that this article at Answers In Genesis.

But now the Big Bang Theory is under attack from scientist! Recently scientist are stating that the universe may have had no beginning and it has always been there.

In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter. In fact, the universe may have no beginning at all. – Tia Ghose – livescience.com

So, take some time and check that article out as well.

But when it all comes down to it, I still fall back to the word of God. The word of God was written by man, and man can be wrong. But the words that were written down into the Bible were God inspired. In other words, God placed the words within the man so he could pass it down to future generations. There is a clear defined time period of creation laid out in the book of Genesis. And as normal, when man is faced with something that he does not like, or does not bring honor and glory to him, man will find another way to look at it so it does brings glory to him. Yet, when you go out at night and gaze up at the stars, or watch the sun rise and set, or see the beauty in a newborns face all that glory belongs to God. The one creator, architect, engineer of all things seen and unseen, The One Big God.

Steve Blackston
Children’s Pastor

Photo Source :  The Crab Nebula in an image recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photograph: Nasa null/Nasa

Looking For Some Fun This Weekend?

You know, many times in life we as the parents are always on the go!  We have yard work, house work, home projects, and a plethora of other things that always need to be accomplished.  But how many times do your kids want you to stop and play with them?  If your house is anything like mine, it is constantly!

That is where we as the parents need to STOP and PLAY!  We need not to worry so much what others think about the way our house looks, how dirty our car may be, or if the yard is manicured to perfection.  Those things will be there after the chance you had to play with your kids are gone.  There are only a few chances that we as parents will get to enjoy with our kids.  Just to see how many, check out this app from Orange that will let you put in your kids graduation date (or other important dates) and let you see how many weekends, days, hours, minutes and seconds you have left.  Once you see it, I think you will be shocked!

Here are a few things that you can do with you kids over the next days, weeks, or months.  Pick out a few and go for it.  Be a kid with your kids for a bit and have some fun, not only will you build a bond with your kids, but memories will also be built that will last longer than fresh cut grass!

Till next time, keep loving on the kids!

Steve Blackston,
Children’s Pastor

Advent Chain

Hey Parents,

We will start handing out something new this year during the month of December. This year the kids will receive the parts to an Advent Chain each week. On each “link” of the chain there is a small task along with some scripture. The kids should be doing the task that day and then at night you and the kids sit down and read the verse of the day. It is a time of celebration of the birth of Christ!

Advent Chain
Advent Chain

Each day you simply loop the link and either tape, glue, staple, or connect it in some fashion to make it into a chain. Then you can either hang it on your tree or make it into a decoration for your kids to remember the true meaning of Christmas!

If you are interested in doing a full Advent celebration with your family, check out the Focus on the Family link here.